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The New Year always brings new resolutions and goals. At McWaters, we’re always striving to think better about how we can help you use your space to meet those goals.
More and more research is coming out to suggest that your space has a major impact on your ability to focus and be productive. We kicked off our new year by reading some recently published research by Steelcase that outlined the three modes of brain activity—focus, regeneration and inspiration, and activation. We want to utilize what we know about those brain modes to help you think better about your space and how it affects you.
We all know how satisfying it is to find ourselves in a deep focus. The state where you're so deeply engrossed in your task that when you finally look up, you're shocked to see how much time has gone by. When you're that hyper-focused on a task, your brain is using a lot of energy. Any distractions around you cause you switch your attention and spend even more energy trying to refocus. Think about it like biking up a steep hill. It takes a lot of energy just to keep moving. Now say you have to stop at a stoplight. Once you try to get started again, it's hard to work up that momentum and now you suddenly realize how tired your muscles are from the initial climb. It's the same with your brain. When those distractions become too frequent, you'll start to get stressed and instead of being productive you end up just feeling guilty and pessimistic about your task. Here's how to help cut down on distractions and keep that focus:
Your brain can only handle intense focus for so long. Eventually it'll need a break to wander. That's not time wasted. When you start to daydream, your brain is actually working to make new connections instead of focusing on what you already know. We've all been struck by a brilliant idea in the shower or driving home from work. That's because we're letting our mind wander and create an "Aha!" moment. Here are some tips on how to harness the regeneration and inspiration mode:
Have you heard that multi-tasking doesn't work? That's not entirely true. When two tasks are coming from different parts of your bring, for example walking (physical) and talking (verbal) you can actually multitask efficiently. And that's good news. Physical activity has also been found to boost your ability to pay attention.
If you want more information on how McWaters can help you think better in your office, just contact us and we’ll be happy to walk you through your options.